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1998 Gloria Anzaldua

Headshot Gloria Anzaldua

“Celebrating Hand in Hand”

Gloria Anzaldua is a native of southern Texas. Despite her racism, sexism, and other forms of oppression she experienced growing up as a sixth-generation Tejana, as well as the death of her father when she was fourteen, she succeeded being the only member of her immediate family to graduate from college. She received her B.A. from Pan American University, and her M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. Anzaldua died on May 15, 2004 only weeks upon finishing her dissertation and receiving her doctorate from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Gloria Anzaldua has made major contributions to the definition of “feminism” and has contributed to the field of cultural theory/chicana and queer theory. Many of her works challenged the status quo of the movements in which she was involved. She challenged these movements in an effort to make real change happen to the world, rather than to specific groups.